Waves Break School's All-Time Win Streak Record In Five Game Nail-Biter At LMU
Nov. 8, 2003
LOS ANGELES - Katy Daly came up big for the Waves when it mattered most, as the fourth-ranked Pepperdine Waves broke the program's all-time win streak record after defeating No. 17 Loyola Marymount, 3-2, at Gersten Pavilion on Saturday night. With the fifth game tied at 10 all, Daly exploded at the net and pounded down three consecutive kills for Pepperdine as LMU became the ninth Top 25 victim to fall to the Waves this season. The scores were: 30-26, 19-30, 30-20, 25-30, and 15-12.
The win gives Pepperdine its 18th consecutive victory as it improves to 20-2 overall and a perfect 10-0 in West Coast Conference play. Furthermore, the Waves won their 40th straight conference victory tonight.
Loyola Marymount drops to 22-5 overall and 7-3 in conference action.
"When you are the fourth-ranked school in the country, every team brings their 'A' game to the table every single night," said 21-year head coach, Nina Matthies. "We had a complete team effort tonight and I'm proud of our girls for coming through, once again. They are confident, competitive, and strong-willed and I never doubted their ability to win this match."
Three Pepperdine players contributed double-digit attacks starting with a match-high performance from Katie Wilkins with 26 kills and two service aces. Daly followed with 17 kills and nine digs and Lyndsey Hache' turned in a team-high .333 hitting percentage, 15 kills, and eight digs.
Sophomore setter Melissa Mehlhorn accounted for the only double-double for the Waves, as she quarterbacked her team to 58 set assists and 19 digs. The WCC's leading defender, libero Christina Hinds, added a team-high 20 digs.
Game one found both teams in a head-to-head battle as they swapped points until Wilkins tied the game up at 9-9 after registering the first of two block solos for the game. From that point, Wilkins single-handedly scored five consecutive points that consisted of four kills and one block solo as Pepperdine took a 14-9 lead. The Lions held on tight, but the Waves were too much to handle and the orange and blue of Malibu slid past Loyola Marymount, 30-26.
In the second game, Pepperdine tallied early mental mistakes and could never gain control of the game as Loyola Marymount won 30-19. The Lions out-hit the Waves .433 to .056 and Pepperdine recorded 10 attack errors versus LMU's two total kill errors.
The Waves carried on a season tradition of coming out strong in the third game as they claimed an easy 30-19 victory and recorded their highest hitting percentage of the night (.295).
Loyola Marymount refused to give up in the fourth battle, and out-hit the Waves .357 to .154. The game was tied up 12 different times until the Lions went on a 3-0 run at 25-25 and slid past Matthies' ball club, 30-25.
The final game had every fan on their feet as the contest see-sawed back and forth and tied up seven times until Daly went on her tangent with the score, 10-10. Hache' scored the final Pepperdine point to make the score 14-11 and the Lions contributed a service error as the Waves slid past the host, 15-12.
Other outstanding offensive performances go to sophomore Breegan Mulligan who had eight kills and freshman Sophia Milo earned six attacks, respectively.
For the Lions, Kealani Kimball paced her team with 20 kills and 23 digs.
The Waves will close out the conference home schedule next weekend in Malibu. First up for Pepperdine is Portland on Friday and Gonzaga on Saturday. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. on both evenings.